Professional Development Resources


Covid-19 Information

Due to COVID-19, many Berea College staff are still telecommuting. As such, all fall term Staff Forum meetings will be held via Zoom and will begin at 9 AM to accommodate those dropping-off children at the Child Development Lab (CDL). Stay tuned for more information!

For any questions or concerns, please contact Sam Cole ( or Sheri Gordon (, staff forum co-chairs.

Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI)

The Berea College Community Strengthening Initiative (BCCSI) is a program meant to encourage Berea College staff to attend at least one on-campus event per month, if possible. For more information, please visit this webpage.

FERPA Training PowerPoint

Want to learn more about FERPA here at Berea College? If so, please login to review a PowerPoint created by the Office of the Registrar for all Berea College employees. Also be sure to check-out the FERPA webpage on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

FERPA Quick Guide

Want a brief rundown of FERPA at Berea without looking through the entire PowerPoint, above? If so, click here and login to view the new FERPA Quick Guide document from the Office of the Registrar.

***NEW*** Berea College Calendar

Want information about lectures, events, Convocations, and activities across campus? If so, please visit the Berea College calendar, available here:

Professional Development Request Form

Do you want to request professional development funds from your Vice President for a conference, training, certification, etc.? If so, simply fill out the form at this link:

The College’s Administrative Leadership Council (made up of the Administrative Committee, Associate Vice Presidents, and Directors) and Staff Forum leadership indicate that the top five requests for professional development from staff members are:

  1. Funds to attend or present at conferences and workshops;
  2. Increased frequency and levels of technology training;
  3. Certification training;
  4. Job-specific skills training; and
  5. Leadership skills development, including tools for running an effective meeting.

Priority allocation for staff development funds is given to 1) strategic professional development of staff to ensure that employees with promotional potential receive training to prepare them for the next step in their career progression at the College; 2) staff with credentials that require continuing education; and 3) staff presenting at a conference; and 4.) Technical skills training for new job related technology.

Instructions for Professional Development Proposals

Proposals should describe the activity, provide a budget, and indicate the amount of funding requested. Obtaining the support of your immediate supervisor is a required part of the application process. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served, basis and are subject to the availability of funds.

Travel Policy

Please note that all who receive funds involving travel must adhere to the Berea College Travel Policy. The updated travel policy can be found here:

Report on Completion

Staff who receive Staff Development Funding are to submit a report via email within 30 days of the completion of the project via email to a designated staff member within the Division (Staff members in the academic division are not required to complete a report after their project has been completed). Those staff members are as follows:

  • Alumni & College Relations: Kelly Linville
  • Financial Affairs: Scotty Abney
  • Information Systems & Services: Yvonne Williams
  • Student Life: Carla Roberts
  • Operations & Sustainability: Malissa Blair
  • President’s Office:  Sherry Thiele
  • Strategic Initiatives: Andreea Teban
  • Labor: Brittany Ash

Please note that your direct supervisor’s electronic signature is required on this form.

If you experience any technical difficulty with this form, please contact Sam Cole via email at or via phone by calling ext. 3210.

If you are not sure about which Division you are in as a staff member, please consult this handy guide.

Professional Development Initiative Documentation

Vision Paper (PDF) (includes definition of professional development)

Staff Forum Presentation to A.C. in December 2015 (PDF)

Staff Professional Development and Climate Survey Instrument (PDF) (administered in 2015)

On and Off-Campus Professional Development Opportunities

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP benefit provides up to 6 free counseling sessions for eligible employees and their dependents. These sessions are with certified counselors from The Lexington Group and are completely confidential (they do not inform Berea College of who is using this benefit). Traditionally, employees could get counseling face-to-face or by phone. However, the Lexington Group now offers the option for online counseling (video and messaging). For more information about video counseling and the EAP benefit, please see the documents linked below (you will be asked to provide your Berea College credentials to access them).

EAP Brochure

Video Counseling Letter

Monthly Student Life Social Hours

For our new students, faculty, or staff, we host monthly social hours for our campus where students, faculty, and staff can come together, enjoy a meal, and connect in a more informal manner. Some social hours will be themed and will have short presentations about campus resources while others will be more open and meant to create an environment where we can all connect with one another. Regardless of the structure, there is always time provided to simply chat, check in with one another, and make new friends!

Join us for our next Student Life Social Hour for the Fall 2020 Semester! This time we will have Student Success and Transition’s own Ty Hollowell to speak to us about being an Orientation Leader and a little bit about what their office does on campus.

Student Life Social Hour – September

Friday, September 18th, 2020

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Via Zoom

Please RSVP on Berea Engage using this link:

Please register using the link below to receive the Zoom login information for this event!

Grab your lunch and join us for a virtual conversation and connection with new people on campus! You might make a connection that opens a new door for you so join us and build your Berea connections!

For more information, please contact Stephen H. Howard (, Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Engagement, Department of Student Life.

TIAA Monthly Webinars

TIAA has monthly webinars covering a variety of topics related to preparing for retirement and they are completely free to Berea College employees. If  interested, please sign up by going to

Smoking Cessation

Sometimes you start to believe you just might be better off as a non-smoker. If you fit into that category, send Jill Gurtatowski an email ( to discuss if this is the right program for you.

Coffee and Cream Chats

The Workforce Development Training Team at the Labor Program will once again be hosting informal meetings (with light refreshments!) for labor supervisors to meet and share ideas. Fall 2020 term coffee and cream chats are TBD.

For more information, please email Brittany Ash (

Something to Chew On

Something to Chew On is a monthly event hosted by the Labor Office where a different department from campus has the opportunity to promote their program and give information to the staff and faculty about how their work affects the campus community.

For more information, please email Brittany Ash (

Green Dot Training

Green Dot is a Bystander Intervention Program designed to help reduce power-based violence, including: sexual violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, stalking, and bullying in our community. Find out more about Green Dot.

For questions or concerns, visit the Title IX webpage, email Joslyn Glover, or call 859-985-3606.

Safe Zone Training

Berea College is one of hundreds of colleges and universities that provide training to promote inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. More specifically, this Safe Zone Training Program provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness about gender and sexual identity development. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities that promote a space for dialogue and questions related to gender and sexual identity. Upon completion of the training, participants will leave with educational materials and an optional window cling or sticker to place in your office/workspace. Should you choose to take the Safe Zone sticker you will be communicating that your office is a safe, friendly, respectful, and non-judgmental space for our LGBTQ students. Each training is limited to 25 people per session.

For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Dr. Amanda Wyrick, Berea’s Safe Zone trainer at

Title IX Training

Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on Sexual Misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, How to report and incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. For more information about upcoming sessions, please contact Joslyn Glover via email or phone. These trainings typically cover important information about Berea College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures and Nondiscrimination Policy, how to prevent and identify sexual violence, appropriate methods for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, and how and to whom such misconduct must be reported. Employee trainings for the Fall 2020 term are TBD.

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Dwayne Mack (, or Dr. Scott Steele (

LinkedIn Learning

Labor Program How-To Training Videos

Information about the Staff Development Fund

Information about Tuition Reimbursement

Berea College Staff Development Workshops
BC Staff Dev Logo

BC Staff Development (BCSD) Schedule

Berea College Staff Development with Mark Nigro, Learning & Training Coordinator —

For more information and to REGISTER, please use the following registration link:

  1. Click a specific workshop title to learn more details about the workshop. (Be sure to look at the ‘Live Events’ tab for the current workshops)
  2. To register: after opening a specific workshop, click “Register” and follow the prompts to reserve your seat.

Please make sure your schedule is open before you commit to registering. If you supervise staff employees, please discuss these professional development opportunities with your staff. Participants will explore topics through a combination of reflection, discussion, and group activities.

  • Note for NEW staff members —  the required Being and Becoming program provides essential exploration about our unique College workplace, and is offered on a periodic basis.

For a listing of Fall 2020 Zoom workshops, please click here. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mark Nigro at extension 3436.

The Gender Talk Luncheon Series

Gender Talks for the Fall 2020 Term

  • Gender Talk with Judy Tzu-Chun Wu (Asian American Studies, UC Irvine) on Wednesday, August 26 (12-1pm)

This talk explores the political subjectivity of Asian American women who refuse to be dissolved into whiteness.  It explores how Asian American feminisms stage critiques of racialized and gendered structures of U.S. militarized empire by choosing alliances with women of color feminisms. 

RespondentLauren McKee (Political Science and Asian Studies, Berea College)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science

  • Gender Talk with Susan Stryker (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Mills College) on Wednesday, September 16 (12-1pm)

This talk explores the intersections of trans scholarship, prison and police abolitionism, and the “uses of history for the present”.

RespondentMeredith Lee (Women’s and Gender Studies, Berea College)

  • Gender Talk with Che Gossett (Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University) on Thursday, November 12 (12-1pm)

This talk explores Black trans visual art and cinema and how Black trans artists trouble an antiblack politics of visibility.

RespondentJakeya Caruthers (African and African American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, Berea College)

Co-sponsored by the Black Cultural Center

PRIDE programming (October)

  • Workshop on collecting LGBTQPIA+ oral histories, with Amanda Wray (English, UNC Asheville) on Thursday, October 15 (12-1pm)
  • Conversation with Berea PRIDE (community) and the Harvey Milk Society (college) about building queer coalition on Wednesday, October 21 (12-1pm)
  • Conversation with Country Queers and its collaborators Sharon Patricia Holland and Hermelinda Cortes on Thursday, October 22 (4-5pm) about what we can do with LGBTQPIA+ oral histories once they are collected, in ways that directly benefit the marginalized communities they are coming out of (i.e., Appalachia)
  • Workshop on the aesthetics of organizing with Z. Zane McNeill and Grey Armstrong on Thursday, October 29 (4-5pm)

Please contact M. Shadee Malaklou ( with questions.

The Civil Rights Seminar & Tour

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the continuation of Dean’s Reading Groups for the 2019-2020 academic year. Both staff and faculty are invited to participate.

Book and Weblink to more InfoDates/Times/LocationDiscussion Leaders
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked by Adam Alter Wednesday, Sept. 11 & 18, 2019; 4:30 -6:00 PM; location TBA Amanda Wyrick and Andrea Woodward
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, & The Limits of the Law by Dean SpadeThursday, Oct. 3 & 2, 2019; 4:00-5:00 PM; Woods Penn 207Kye Anderson and Meredith Lee
White Fragility by Robin DiAngeloMonday, Nov. 4 and 11, 2019; 5:15-6:15 PM; Woodson Center's Hathaway LibraryLinda Strong-Leek and Chad Berry
The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg LukianoffMonday, January 13 and 27, 2020; 5:00-6:30 PM; Appalachian Center's Faber LibraryRob Smith and Joslyn Glover
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja NobleFriday, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2020; 4:00-5:00 PM; Appalachian Center's Faber LibraryJan Pearce and Chris Miller
Air and Light and Time and Space: How Successful Academics Write by Helen SwordMarch- Day/Time/ Location TBAAmy Nichols

For more information  or to join one of these groups, please email Sarah Broomfield at or call her at 859-985-3487. If you have suggestions for future groups, please contact Dean Matthew Saderholm at

Participation in Community Reading Groups

For more information on Community Reads, please contact Sarah Broomfield via email or by calling 859-985-3487.

Lunch & Learn Workshops (Contact Jill Gurtatowski for more information).

Other On-Campus Events/Groups:

Run/Walk with the Presidential Trio

Graduation & Commencement (tickets required)

Berea College Convocations

General Faculty Assembly Meetings

Berea Music Department Events

The Peanut Butter & Gender Luncheon Series

All events will take place between 11:45am and 1pm in Draper 106. Lunch will be served.

Fall 2019 Peanut Butter & Gender Speakers

Spring 2020 Peanut Butter & Gender Speakers

Center for International Education Events

The Celebration of Traditional Music

Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education Programs and Events

Programming at the Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center

Events at the bell hooks Institute

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

The Doris Ulmann Galleries

Campus Master Calendar (Often includes other campus events open to the general public including things like athletic events, presentations, lectures, community outreach events, and more)

Let Sam Cole know about any events that should be added to this list!